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Monday, July 14, 2008

Cory Doctorow interview at Bookavore

At Bookavore, there's an interview with Cory Doctorow where he talks about Little Brother, YA writing, Obama, and more. Also, his next YA book is going to be called For The Win, which just so happens to also be the title of an amazing song by my favorite band, The Reputation. Also, I'd never been to Bookavore before, but discovered one of the greatest blog names ever, Hitting on Girls in Bookstores.

“There’s three crucial things you need to do if you want to still have rights when you become an adult:
1. Fix your technology so that it obeys you and not the other way around. Learn how to keep your email and other communications secret. Develop practices around Facebook, Bebo, Myspace, etc, that reflect the fact that your disclosures there will haunt you forever. Show your friends how to be private and secure, too.
2. Learn how to debate intelligently about security. Demand to know what happens when a system *fails* — not just what it’s supposed to do when it works. We wouldn’t accept a car that exploded at random intervals, no matter how good its gas mileage was. By the same token, we shouldn’t accept “anti-terrorist” surveillance and control systems that fail badly, by ensnaring innocent people in unjust circumstances. Learn how the math of rare events work — you can’t be secure until you know how to assess risk and you can’t do that without security. If we spend a trillion dollars to stop terrorists who kill *n* people/year, what other life-saving systems (food-banks, public health, road-ploughing, etc) do we starve of a trillion dollars, and is the number of people who die as a result larger than n?
3. Get involved in electoral politics. A country where NONE OF THE ABOVE is the most frequent winner of the presidential race is a country where politicians can safely ignore the voters, and style themselves as rulers, rather than leaders...



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